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Posts for 'Sports'

Seattle Tops Denver, Again, via Arts Partner Roster

February 10th, 2014 declares Seattle #2 and Denver #5 in their list of the nation’s 10 Best Cities to be an Artist. One reason we beat Denver (again!) is Seattle’s “Creative Advantage” arts education partnership.


Urban Politics #327: SODO Arena Vote

September 25th, 2012

The City Council voted 6-2 yesterday in favor of a revised Memorandum of Understanding for a basketball and hockey arena in SODO. Below are the remarks I made explaining my vote.


Urban Politics #326: Basketball Arena Vote

September 14th, 2012

We have to prepare for all events. We cannot count on the past as fixed guide to the future.


Update on proposed SODO arena

August 15th, 2012

Discussions about the proposed SODO arena are ongoing between Council staff and arena proponent Chris Hansen. City Councilmember Tim Burgess noted on his blog that the Government Performance and Finance Committee he chairs will next consider the proposed Memorandum of Understanding in September. Hansen released a statement on discussions as well. Eight Councilmembers sent a […]


City Inside/Out: July Council Edition

July 11th, 2012

The July edition of Seattle Channel’s City Inside/Out: Council Edition is out on the Seattle Channel.  I appear with Councilmembers Burgess and Godden. We discuss issues such as the proposed SODO arena, utility rates, the plastic bag ban, and upcoming library and seawall levies. Keep in touch… Subscribe to my Urban Politics email newsletter. Subscribe to my […]


Perspectives on Initiative 91

July 6th, 2012

Seattle voters passed Initiative 91 in 2006 with 74% voting yes. Initiative 91 requires that the City of Seattle receive “fair value” return on any investment by Seattle taxpayers in facilities provided for professional sports organizations. Whether the proposal for the SODO arena meets the terms of I-91 is one of the key issues the […]


Mayor’s staff briefs Council on I-91 and the SODO arena proposal

June 29th, 2012

Today the Council received a presentation from the Mayor’s staff in the Government Performance and Finance Committee on their interpretation of Initiative 91 as it relates to the SODO Arena proposal. Initiative 91 was approved by 74% of Seattle voters in 2006, and requires a “fair value” return on the use of public resources for […]


July 19 Arena Public Hearing Announced

June 15th, 2012

The Seattle City Council and the King County Council will hold a joint public hearing on the proposed SODO arena at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 in the Bertha Knight Landes Room on the first floor of Seattle City Hall, at 600 4th Avenue, between James and Cherry. Sign-up for the hearing begins at […]


Council schedule for arena proposal, first meeting

June 1st, 2012

Council schedule for arena proposal, first meeting


Council receives Mayor’s arena proposal

May 18th, 2012

The Mayor has sent the City Council a proposed agreement for a basketball and hockey arena in SODO.